You started out really slow, I think everyone was missing Avery Bradley and Ray Allen and were hoping for you to be the “light” version of some combination of those two, but it took a while. The Celtic defense took a little while for you to grasp, which is okay, I know there are a lot of rotations– and getting used to Garnett barking orders from the back line can be a big learning curve. Eventually you got most of it, playing some decent ball on both sides of the court, contributing where you could and otherwise taking a back seat.
There was even a fun little backcourt when Rondo went down for injury where you and Avery Bradley ran around harassing the opposing guards– often picking them up around three-quarters court. It prevented the opposing teams from going right into their offense, giving them less time to run some of their half-court sets. While this was a small thing– it made a big difference in the functioning of Boston’s defense.
You struggled to find your stroke for a while this season and were not quite able to stretch the floor like Boston had hoped. Coming into the season there was a great deal of hype surrounding your ability to drain the corner three, shooting at a high efficiency. This did not actualize itself into something that really benefited Boston’s offense this season, and could have been a more deadly weapon if you hit that shot at a higher rate and if the Celtic’s were able to dribble penetrate more often to force rotations to get you those open corner looks.
Then the trade for Jordan Crawford happened and in unrelated notes, the Celtics offense fell completely flat. They became predictable and easy to game plan for, without a dynamic player (Rondo) to really stir the offense and keep things fresh. This became especially evident against the Knicks when they were able to see the Boston offense for six straight games– the predictable became the expected and the Celtics searched their bench for answers. Doc found Jordan Crawford and on paper this makes some sense. Crawford is a complete wildcard on both ends of the floor and down double digits in many of the games and Doc needed someone to shake things up and create their own offense. In practice Crawford shot just over 30% from the field, 25% behind the arc, had three turnovers and no assists. This ended up being the wrong choice– and you Mr. Lee, I believe you were the right choice, or at least the more correct one.
While I am still unsure as to why you fell so far out of Mr. River’s favor, you seemed to be solid all year long. This brings up some very serious question marks for you moving forward. You are making around five million a year through the 2015-2016 season, and while that is slightly overpaid, I think you could still be a valuable asset to this Celtics franchise. There have been a number of rumors including you and Jason Terry being traded to another team, but I am not entirely sure the value of you and JET are going to be worth what the Celtics would get back in return. I would prefer you wait it out and become a solid bench player with Rondo, Bradley, and JET– the Celtic backcourt could be much worse.
For a slight improvement I would look to further solidify your jumper and continue to learn the Celtic defense. Boston needs you to be scrappy, so any energy and spark you could provide (most likely) coming off the bench would be huge for the Celtics moving forward. Thanks for the effort and cheering on the rest of the team in their battle with New York in the opening round.
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